The Seton Hall Pirates have returned home to the Garden State and will look to build off of a 2-1 performance in the 2015 Charleston Classic with the lone loss coming to the Long Beach State 49ers. Desi Rodriguez, Isaiah Whitehead and Co. will be looking to move to 5-1 as they will welcome the Georgia Bulldogs for the back-end of a home-and-home series that began a season ago.
The Pirates look to avenge their 65-47 loss from a year ago where they looked far from stellar against an eventual NCAA Tournament team. Much of the roster looks the same for UGA, who bring back Charles Mann, Kenny Gaines, J.J. Frazier and Yante Maten who were all major contributors for the 'Dawgs a season ago.
What do these two teams who've flown under the radar thus far in 2015 have to offer? We'll find out Saturday night.
How to watch, listen or stream
Game Time: 7:30 p.m. ET
TV: FOX Sports 1
Online Streaming: Streaming is available for this broadcast via the FOX Sports GO app where available.
Radio: AM 970 The Answer (Seton Hall) || Georgia Bulldogs IMG Network || Georgia Affiliates
Odds: Seton Hall has opened as a 3-point favorite over Georgia via OddsShark. Aside from The Wynn, you won't find any spreads differently for now. The Wynn has The Hall as a 2.5-point favorite.
Records ATS: Thus far, Seton Hall is 2-2 ATS, while Georgia has posted a 1-2 record ATS.
O/U: The O/U opened at 134.5. BetDSI currently has it at 136.5.
Moneylines updated when available.
3 things to watch
1. Rust?: The Hall has not played a game since Sunday and will be embarking back on their home floor on Saturday with six days in between contests. Whether or not Seton Hall will have any rust is left to be determined. The Hall certainly gained a lot from whatever practices were held this week but, as we know, things are much different with regards to in-game situations. How The Hall handles their rust - whether tangible or intangible - could provide a difference in this game.
2. Something's gotta give at the perimeter: Both the Bulldogs and Pirates are high-caliber perimeter defending teams. Seton Hall has omitted a mark of 29.0 percent from the 3-point line this year, while Georgia, meanwhile, has only allowed 25.0 percent of attempts to be converted. Teams are shooting 3-pointers at a rate of 33.8 percent against the Pirates, and 36.0 percent against the Bulldogs. Now, with that said, Georgia has played just three games this season so the sample size may not be large enough to show whether or not it's legitimate. The same could be said for Seton Hall who has only played five games thus far. With that said, if trends do continue on Saturday night, both teams could find themselves struggling along the perimeter. Something will certainly have to give.
3. Dynamic Desi: The brightest spot of the season so far for Seton Hall has been the play of Desi Rodriguez. Rodriguez's efficiency has been the hallmark of his play, posting an eFG% and TS% of 63.1 and 66.6 percent respectively through the Pirates' first five games. The 6-foot-6, 215-pound sophomore will be seeking his sixth double figures performance of the season on Saturday night against the 'Dawgs. Just once have Rodriguez's contributions not turned into at least 23 percent of Seton Hall's points. That result? Seton Hall's only loss of the season to Long Beach State.